Former South Africa captain Corne Krige has apologised to ex-England scrum-half Matt Dawson for a horror tackle that happened 16 years ago.
Krige apologised to Dawson on Twitter after footage was shared on social media of the ex-Springboks back-rowers’ head-high shot on Dawson in England’s 55-3 hammering of South Africa at Twickenham in 2002.
Reacting to being prompted online, World Cup-winning scrum-half Dawson tweeted: “I’d love to say I remember it well, but he knocked me into the next day.
“I played on for 10/15 mins calling all my club moves…unfortunately I do fear there’ll be plenty of consequences in the long term for me.”
In response to Dawson’s tweet, Krige apologised and admitted his lasting shame over the incident.
“I have apologised many times and on many platforms Matt, but never to you directly,” Krige wrote.
“My sincere apologies. I was and am ashamed of my behaviour that day. Hope my kids never see the video. DM (Direct Message) me your number would love to stay in touch?”
It certainly was a very high tackle from the South Africa, and to answer the rugby fan's initial question, it would probably warrant a hefty ban in this day and age.
High tackles in rugby are a cause for real concern for all involved.
Not only are they dangerous in the short-term, they can also be fatal in the long-term, with permanent damage a high possibility given the lack of protection on players' heads.
Luckily for Dawson, he walked away with minor injuries, but as he even mentioned himself, he's fearful with what the future may hold because of the tackle.
At least Krige showed some class by reaching out to Dawson personally, even if it has come many years too late.